DETERIORATING HIGHWAYS AND LAGGING REVENUES: A NEED TO REASSESS THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY PROGRAM

The condition of our Nation's highways is declining. The Interstate System has seen the most serious decline--its percentage of miles in poor condition more than doubled over the last 3 reporting years. Billions of dollars will be needed to preserve these roads, and if timely action is not taken, deterioration will accelerate and even more money will be needed for reconstruction. The increasing costs to complete the Interstate System and to continue other highway programs will cost additional billions. Mounting costs of highway construction and maintenance and lagging State and Federal highway revenues are compounding these problems. Although the States have taken a number of actions to increase highway revenues--primarily by raising motor fuel taxes--there has been no Federal action. The Congress needs to reassess the Federal highway program. Among other things, it should consider priority funding for preserving existing roads, assessing the goal of completing the Interstate as now defined, and revising the Federal motor fuel tax to be more responsive to inflation.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Report to the Congress of the United States by the Comptroller General.
  • Corporate Authors:

    U.S. General Accounting Office

    441 G Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20548
  • Publication Date: 1981-3-5

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 90 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00331365
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CED-81-41
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM